George Manyere is the Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and founder of Brainworks Capital Management. He is an investment banker with significant experience in executing deals in Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to founding Brainworks Capital in 2008, George was an investment professional with the private sector arm of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), headquartered in Washington DC. While at the IFC, he invested in excess of US$ 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa with some of his notable transactions yielding 216% IRR and 38% IRR respectively. He managed a portfolio of investments in excess of US$ 400 million and represented the IFC on several investee boards.
George led the structuring and acquisition of a 28% controlling stake in Premier Finance Group Limited and seconded to Premier Bank to undertake the restructuring and recapitalisation of the banking group. Notable achievements at Premier bank, include the successful attraction of foreign shareholders to the bank in a US$ 6 million transaction with African Development Corporation (ADC) and KMQ Enterprises (a Mauritius investment firm), the successful restructuring of the banks governance structures and balance sheet and the successful conclusion of a transaction with Ecobank Transnational Incorporated in a US$ 10 million transaction which ensured the bank is fully recapitalised, rebranded and is positioned for significant growth in partnership with Ecobank, a leading pan-African Bank, whose asset base is in excess of US$ 9 billion.
Post Ecobank’s investment in Premier Bank, he successfully completed the execution of his mandate at Premier Bank and resumed his executive role at Brainworks Capital.
George is a Non-Executive Director in most of Brainworks Capital investee companies including Ecobank Zimbabwe. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science and Honours in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. He also holds a Certificate in Theory of Accounting from the University of South Africa and has completed various international courses in finance, strategy and investment banking.
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